Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft. As a database, it is a software product whose primary function is to store and retrieve data as requested by other software applications, be it those on the same computer or those running on another computer across a network (including the Internet)

SQL Server 2012's new features and enhancements include AlwaysOn SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances and Availability Groups which provides a set of options to improve database availability, Contained Databases which simplify the moving of databases between instances, new and modified Dynamic Management Views and Functions, programmability enhancements including new spatial features, metadata discovery, sequence objects and the THROW statement,  performance enhancements such as ColumnStore Indexes as well as improvements to OnLine and partition level operations and security enhancements including provisioning during setup, new permissions, improved role management, and default schema assignment for groups

Windows version : Standard 2012

Support Level : None

How do I get it?

Staff :

Not available for download via Pegasus.


Various Microsoft packages including SQL Server are available to purchase.

The ordering point for Select items is Softcat using Agreement Reference NP5016/17.




Licence Agreement / Costs

Type : Single User Licence

End Date : Not Applicable

Licence Details :

Full licence terms are available below:


Usage :

Ordering through the Select Agreement is available for software intended for installation on University computers and for work purposes only.
This includes staff machines, open access machines, and machines in departmental labs.
Software can be upgraded at an additional cost.

 Sales to students or staff intending to use the software for private purposes is not permitted.




Personal Licence : Not applicable


When downloading this software, an automated email will be sent to your '@strath.ac.uk' email account. Please read this email as it contains information and instructions.

If you have any problems downloading or installing this software, please contact help@strath.ac.uk

A huge variety of information is available, including overviews and FAQs on the Microsoft homepages - https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=29062.


Who is it for?

Staff :

The software can be purchased through the University Select Agreement at a discounted cost from Softcat using Agreement Reference NP5016/17.

System Requirements

Please refer to Microsoft for further information on SQL Server Standard 2012 system requirements.